Ownership insisted that if Mets fans started passing through the turnstiles at the Jackie Robinson rotunda that the team would increase its payroll and invest in some marque free agents.
Fans showed up in droves at Citi Field after the team acquired Yoenis Cespedes at the MLB trade deadline and packed the stadium to above capacity throughout their magical playoff run to a World Series.
Whether he was a one-year rental or not, Cespedes changed the perception of the Amazin’s, transforming them from pretender to serious contender almost overnight.
Now with unfinished business to settle after being ousted in five games by the Kansas City Royals in the Fall Classic, the Mets have yet to make a splash during free agency.
Daniel Murphy signed with the Washington Nationals and the Mets replaced him with Neil Walker. The market is just starting to develop for Cespedes and his price tag will likely be too high for the Wilpons.
The Mets signed shortstop Alejandro De Aza, not exactly a move that will bring fans to their feet.
General manager is aiming to keep his core stud pitchers of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz together for the foreseeable future, but it’s likely he’ll have to part ways with one of his young hurlers in order to acquire a potent bat in the lineup to replace Cespedes.
Mets fans put their money with where their mouth is. Now it’s time for ownership to do the same. The Amazin’s ran roughshod over the National League in the playoffs and were a few errors and blown saves away from pushing the Royals to the brink of elimination.
New York has the centerpieces of a championship puzzle, but they need a few complimentary pieces and a power bat if they hope to clinch a berth in the World Series for the second consecutive year.